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ustom-fit earplugs that block the
sound of gunshots while permitting
normal hearing are not confined to the
world of expensive microelectronics. You can
mold the affordable Decibullz to your ears
by yourself with nothing more than a cup
of hot water, and the percussive filters need
no batteries. Here's one less chance for Mr.
Murphy to accompany you to the firing line.
Hearing protection devices that dampen gunshots while still permitting normal conversation
aren't new, and neither are custom molded
earplugs, but Decibullz has put those two
features together in a package with two more
trumps: you can custom fit the earplugs yourself, and they include no electronics. And when
you want electronics, you can accessorize the
Decibullz Custom Molded Earplugs to accept
Bluetooth wireless, or wired earphones for
other activities off the shooting range.
And here's another option: you can buy the
Decibullz with or without the percussive filter.
Without it, after molding the outer portion to
fit your ear, install the provided plastic plugs
and the Decibullz act as ordinary molded
earplugs that dampen all sound with a noise
reduction rating (NRR) of about 31 dB. To install
the percussive filter, simply pop out the plastic
plug and pop in the filter; now you can hear
range commands and ordinary conversation
while the filter reacts to dampen gunshots.

To change from solid plugs (white logo) to percussive
filters (orange centers), simply pop one out and pop in
the other. The moldable units (these are orange) come
in a variety of color choices

EASY FIT
The tiny Decibullz percussive filter physically
moves in response to the increase in air
pressure created by sound. Simplified, think
of the Decibullz percussive filter as a valve
that stays open until a loud noise such as a
gunshot strikes it, whereupon it slams shut.
While that may sound unsophisticated, it's
actually rather hi-tech and-two thumbs up
here-the Decibullz needs no batteries and
has no electronics for Mr. Murphy to get into.
The Decibullz Custom Molded Percussive
Filters package comes with a pair of moldable units already approximately shaped to
the left and right ear conchas (bowls); a pair
of filters; three pairs of replaceable silicon
tips and a like number of rubber tips; a zippered carrying case; and an extra pair of
moldable units to fit for a friend (though they
are going to have to purchase the plugs or
filters separately).
Molding is simple enough that you can do
it yourself with the aid of a mirror. Basically,
drop the moldable unit in hot water for a few
minutes, remove and let cool just enough to
not be uncomfortable to handle, then insert it
into your ear and mold it with your fingertips
to fit. You've got a few minutes to work

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